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There may come a time when you wish to remove a nutria from your house or yard. It may be that you have a dock that the nutria have burrowed into the Styrofoam flotation and sinking the dock. Nutria have even been found in crawl spaces under homes or in basements. Nutria are semi aquatic rodents. Nutria is also know as a river rat. Nutria can easily mistaken for a muskrat but is larger. They can grow up 15 pounds and about 2 feet long.The nutria was introduced to North America by fur ranchers. They are rapid breeders and the population grew quickly. So now they are considered an invasive species. They can be destructive with their burrowing. They can damage levees and dams burrowing near the water’s edge. They also are destroying wetlands and marshes by eating the vegetation. Once the nutria have removed the plants then the land is easily eroded.
In many states nutria have legal status as a fur bearer. This means there are laws that determine the rules for nutria trapping. Nutria should be euthanized in most states. They may be classified as prohibited aquatic animals. In some states you may be able to get an incentive for removing them but you must know and follow all laws. If you want to trap a nutria make sure your trap is large enough. Carrots and sweet potato are a good choice for bait. It is important to remember they are a wild animal. They will defend themselves when threatened. The nutria can also carry diseases, like blood flukes that can cause a rash. When you have a need for a nutria removal it is best to contact a wildlife expert. They will have the proper size traps and will be aware of the state laws.
One way to minimize the need for nutria removal is to make sure your environment is not enticing nutria to your yard. Well drained yards with limited dense vegetation will not encourage nutria populations. If needed, a nutria control program should be specific to the area and vegetation being destroyed. In Tampa near lakes and ponds winter is a good time to use begin a nutria control program. Baiting and trapping are part of an effective control program. Introduction of a predator, like the garter snake, can also aid in controlling the nutria. The only poison registered for use for nutria is not available to homeowners. No repellent has been registered for use with nutria.